The Harry Potter Films Almost Had an American Cast

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Warner Home VIdeo

For 10 years, moviegoers watched Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and the rest of the Harry Potter cast grow up right before their eyes. Even today, the actors are so closely associated with their Wizarding World characters that it's hard to imagine any other individuals in their roles. What's probably even harder to imagine is a cast of American actors playing Harry and the gang, but that's one option that was reportedly discussed while the film franchise was being developed.

JK Rowling's book series was already wildly popular among American readers when development on the first film in the series, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, began. It was suggested that a cast full of familiar American faces would attract a larger audience stateside.

One of the best-known names suggested was Robin Williams, who was apparently Warner Bros.’ first choice to play Hagrid. Though Williams would have brought an interesting twist to Hagrid, we can’t imagine the half-giant as anyone but Robbie Coltrane.

Director Chris Columbus wanted Liam Aiken, the American actor who played Klaus Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, to be cast as Harry over Daniel Radcliffe.

Rowling was adamant about keeping the cast primarily British, though that didn’t stop a couple of Americans from sneaking into the lineup. Eleanor Columbus, the daughter of the director, played a Hogwarts student in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Meanwhile, the late Verne Troyer played Gringotts’s goblin Griphook.

Actress Zoë Wanamaker, who played Madam Hooch in the first film, was born in America but spent most of her life in the United Kingdom.

While it would have been interesting to see some American faces in the Wizarding World, the classic films wouldn’t have been the same. American actors, including Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, and Zoë Kravitz, are now getting their shot at portraying characters of the magical world in the Fantastic Beasts movies.

Captain Marvel's Goose the Cat Funko Pop! Toy Delivers Cuteness (and Spoilers)

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Marvel Studios

Why pay Robert Downey Jr. $50 million to appear in an Avengers movie when you can just hire a cat and get the same buzz? Marvel Studios accountants must be debating this very issue now that Captain Marvel's supporting feline Goose has become the hit film's breakout star. Naturally, she has now been bestowed with an honor in line with her status: She's been immortalized as a Funko Pop! figure. Lots of them, actually.

The Funko Goose vinyl collectible, now available for $8.45, features her distinctive markings along with a “Goose” name tag. The now-famous cat joins a line of several other Captain Marvel Funko Pop! releases, including Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, and a 1990s-era Nick Fury.

But in this case, going down the Funko rabbit hole carries some risks for Captain Marvel fans. /Film reports that two of Funko's pending Goose releases may spoil some key revelations in the film. So you’re better off sticking with a classic Goose until you’ve seen the movie.

If you’re curious about the kind of cat wrangling that went on behind the scenes in the movie, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually three ways Goose performs onscreen. The production used an orange tabby named Reggie to portray Goose, with stand-ins Archie, Gonzo, and Rizzo filling in occasionally to perform specific tricks or to relieve a fatigued Reggie. There was also a CGI Goose and a cat puppet that the filmmakers used in scenes where actress Brie Larson needed to interact with her furry friend—because while Carol Danvers may love cats, Larson herself is allergic to them.

Explore Funko's whole Captain Marvel line on Amazon.

[h/t /Film]

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New Avengers: Endgame Theory Predicts That Four of the Original Heroes Will Die

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Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios broke the internet last week when they dropped a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Unlike the first trailer, which was released in December, this one gave fans much more insight into how the Avengers will attempt to defeat Thanos and restore balance to the world. And since the trailer provided these extra details, there's been even more fan speculation over the past several days about what the new footage could mean for some of our favorite superheroes. And according to at least one fan, the situation could be bleak for some of the original Avengers, as Comicbook.com reports.

After noticing something peculiar in the trailer, Redditor TheRealBrandini97 took to the social media platform to share their prediction that four major deaths could be upon us:

"[T]here was a theory going around that only two of the original six Avengers will survive at the end of Endgame. If you listen to the new trailer, you'll notice four of the original Avengers say the line, 'Whatever it takes.' The four that say this are Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye/Ronin, and lastly Iron Man. Could these be the four original members that sacrifice their lives to save everyone?"

Citing behind-the-scenes reports, the user mentions that Chris Evans is likely leaving the role of Steve Rogers, and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is likely about to see his last days as well.

As for the two other heroes, the theory states, "The Russo Brothers said Hawkeye would have a big arc in Avengers: Endgame that all Hawkeye fans would enjoy (what bigger arc than laying down your life, to bring your family and half of all life back?) And as for Black Widow, her movie is guaranteed to be a prequel now."

It's also mentioned that the Russo Brothers said 2016's Captain America: Civil War would play a fundamental part in Endgame.

"The four Avengers that repeated ['Whatever it takes'] in the new trailer happen to all [be featured] in Civil War while the other two original Avengers (Thor and Hulk), [who] didn't repeat the phrase, are not in Civil War," the Redditor adds.

Of all the theories out there right now, this one definitely has some legs. The repetition of "whatever it takes" definitely did stand out in the trailer, so maybe Marvel was hinting at this being the last hurrah for Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.

We'll find out for sure when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26, 2019.

[h/t: Comicbook.com]

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